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Living a Boating Lifestyle in Alexandria, Virginia

Alexandria has much to like as a  town, especially for people who want ready access to their boats. There are several large marinas along the Potomac, which means you could be in the Chesapeake in fairly short time. Alexandria has an historic district, Old Town, which is set against the Potomac River amongst brick buildings from the 1700’s. It has a strong economic base due to the presence of many non-profits which have their headquarters here. Many employees of the federal government tend to live here as well.

The downtown provides a vital area for dining, nightlife, shopping, art gallery cruising, and walking along the many riverside parks. Downtown Washington D.C. and all of its attractions are just a short ride on the Metro. Alexandria is an independent city in Virginia. The city of Washington is about 6 miles away. Photo of Old Town courtesy of Wikipedia and Ser Amantio di Nicolao.

Where to Retire in Alexandria and Home Prices

Retirees can either live downtown in an older building or high rise, or further out in single family homes or a condo. If working is important to you in retirement, Alexandria has many possibilities for employment. Zillow reports the median selling price to be $592,511 in early 2023.

What Is Special about Alexandria

• Thanks to the federal government there are more employment possibilities than in many other places • Parks along the Potomac • Historic and lively historic Old Town District • Proximity to Washington DC

Alexandria is higher than average for walkability when compared to other towns.

What Is Not Special about Alexandria

City living is expensive.

Climate and Physical Environment

Alexandria is located on the west bank of the Potomac River near Washington. The terrain is mostly flat with a few rolling hills. Chesapeake Bay is nearby.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Old Town provides considerable cultural possibilities, while Washington D.C. is one of the country's richest cultural locations.


Crime is well below average.

Medical Facilities

There are 3 hospitals in Alexandria.


Reagan/Washington National Airport is 4 miles away. Dulles is 28 miles. Amtrak and the Metro have service from Alexandria, so public transportation is excellent.

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